7/19/14

The 3rd type of Shark Movie Poster: HANDS!!!


Previously I'd compared the two types of Shark movie posters (see the gallery HERE.) 

But here's another poster trope:  HANDS GRASPING FOR DEAR LIFE. 

The hands are always caucasian. And they frequently belong to men. (Otherwise the poster will show the woman in her bikini.
KINDERTRAUMA observed that GREAT WHITE's hand is the MORTUARY hand. (It appeared again on a book cover.) 

tagline: "Wave goodbye..."  Geddit?

Here's a more recent example of the trend. We even see some of the poor guy's face. 

Her left hand is up, well, probably so we can get a better view of her chest. 

Roger Corman appears to have used the same model/pose for PIRANHA and UP FROM THE DEPTHS. 
Is it supposed to be the hand of a giant? 

FULL DISCLOSURE: This blog post is a segment we cut from KEVIN & MATT GEEK OUT ABOUT SHARK MOVIE

(Click HERE for details and tickets.) 



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7/11/14

Happy Blobfest

Happy Blobfest Weekend! 

Some of you are excited about Free Slurpee Day or the new Planet of the Apes movie. 

But I'm excited to go to Phoenixville, PA -- the town where THE BLOB (1958) was filmed. 

Here's a video I made for AMC back in 2008, my first Blobfest: 





This year's theme is Kaiju, and the organizers had a "Kaiju Haiku" contest. There was a different prize each week. 

I was bummed that I didn't win the King Kong pillowcases, but delighted to learn that my haiku won the grand prize: passes to Blobfest! 

And my poem was turned into this 3-panel comic by Jason Deeble (of Monster Haiku


Here's the full schedule for this weekend's Blobfest. (including appearances by Joel Hodgson and Ghoul a Go Go) 

It's worth the trip. 




Beware of the Blob by KevinMaher

7/8/14

The Kevin Maher Summer Tour

I have 3 exciting shows coming to 3 excellent cities. 


WEEHAWKEN, NJ - on Sunday July 13th @ 7:00pm

THE HAWK - Comedy, Music & Storytelling


ABOUT THIS SHOW: 
Susie Felber's new variety series features a variety of acts including music, storytelling and a rare stand-up performance by Kevin Maher. 

For more about the show, read this article

THE HAWK
at the PARK AVENUE BAR & GRILL
3417 Park Avenue, Union City NJ 07087
Just $5 (and 2-items) 

Sunday, July 13th @ 7:00 pm



BROOKLYN, NY - on Tuesday, July 15th @ 8:00pm

HAVE YOU SEEN THIS? 
with Kevin & Tom

Kevin Maher and Tom Blunt co-host this new little film chat show at the Actor's Fund Theater. 

with special guests HARMON LEON (VICE, Esquire, Wired)


and FEM APPEAL (founder/producer of Kitty Nights Burlesque)


ABOUT THIS SHOW:
Two distinctive voices from NYC's vibrant world of film appreciation prepare to join forces in an event that invites cinema junkies and curiosity-seekers to mingle, compare notes, and sample obscure film tidbits from the collections of odd-couple hosts Kevin Maher (Kevin Geeks Out) and Tom Blunt (Meet The Lady). Special guests: HARMON LEON and FEM APPEAL.

In conversations between film folks, "Have you seen this?" is a loaded question which can either illuminate a path toward common ground or kick off an endless cycle of one-upmanship -- sometimes both! Enjoy as Maher and Blunt navigate this minefield in real-time, surprising each other with clips as a springboard into the sort of discussion and humorous observation that fans of "Kevin Geeks Out" and "Meet The Lady" have returned for year after year. One hour of show, plus one hour of after-party: a well-rounded evening of entertainment knitting together NYC's artists and arts communities.


HAVE YOU SEEN THIS? with Kevin & Tom
At the Actors Fund Arts Center
160 Schermerhorn Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Just $7

The Actor's Fund is right off the Hoyt/Schermerhorn stop of the A/C/G trains, Hoyt stop of the 2/3, Jay St. F, Borough Hall 4/5, Dekalb B/Q/R, and so forth.



YONKERS, NY - on Saturday, July 19th @ 8:00pm

Kevin & Matt Geek Out About Shark Movies at The Alamo Drafthouse-Trailer from Matthew Glasson on Vimeo.

KEVIN & MATT GEEK OUT 
ABOUT SHARK MOVIES


ABOUT THE SHOW: 
Comedian Kevin Maher and filmmaker Matthew Glasson present an obsessive look at shark cinema from JAWS to SHARKNADO and almost everything in-between. The hosts revisit pre-JAWS films, JAWS rip-offs, sanctioned sequels, TV documentaries, CGI monster movies and a hit TV show that literally jumped the shark.

There’s dozens of clips, including highlights from the JAWS porno “GUMS”, footage from a Bollywood shark epic, plus scenes of sharks versus zombies, superheroes and Samuel L. Jackson.

From NYC to JAWSFEST in Martha’s Vineyard, Kevin and Matt are excited to bring their humorous, terrifying, quite unforgettable video variety show to the Alamo Drafthouse. 


KEVIN & MATT GEEK OUT ABOUT SHARK MOVIES 
at the Alamo Drafthouse
2548 Central Park Avenue
Yonkers, NY 
Just $12

Saturday July 19th @ 8:00
(arrive at 7:30 for the custom pre-show of shark clips!) 

Buy tickets in advance HERE




7/7/14

THE TEXAS CHAINSAW TRIVIAL PURSUIT

I watched TEXAS CHAINSAW 3D (2013) last night. 

It's like jury-duty for fans of the original. 

Anyway, there's a scene where Leatherface (aka "Jeb Sawyer") goes to a carnival and encounters a guy in a pig-mask weilding a chainsaw. 

Was this a MOTEL HELL (1980) reference or just a coincidence? 




Either way, I wish the film had taken advantage of the carny setting and made some inside jokes about Tobe Hooper's THE FUNHOUSE (1981). 

But this movie was not made for me. 


* * * 

Bonus Fun-fact: 


I was playing a game of TRIVIAL PURSUIT with my wife and the silver-screen category asked: 

What 1980's horror movie includes a climactic chainsaw duel. 

I told my wife: The answer on the card will be "The Texas Chain Saw Massacre Part 2" but the REAL answer is "Motel Hell." 

I was right. You gotta know the limits of the questionnaire. 


7/4/14

Women & Fireworks - photo gallery

You can learn a lot about a society based on how it depicts women on fireworks.

1. THE BEACH BABE

For you boner-poppin' Freedom-luvin' Shakesepeare fans. 



2. THE ST. PAULIE GIRL KNOCK-OFF


Oktoberfest meets the 4th of July meets beer ad stereotypes. 





 3. DISNEY PRINCESS (WHO NEVER ACTUALLY INFRINGE UPON DISNEY OWNED COPYRIGHTS)





4. HIGH MAINTENANCE (i.e. She expects a man to say thank you after she gives him a knob-job.) 


5. ROOFIE WAITING TO HAPPEN

6. ADULT WOMAN
She's a gambler -- specifically she'll have unprotected sex in the back of your Honda Civic. 

7. TOPLESS LADY AT SOME KIND OF DEATH CAMP



Do not assume the pile of skulls means she's at Dauchau, she could be topless in a Terminator future where John Connor lost the war to an army of Confederate Androids. 


8. BIKER BABES 

8A. CYCLE SLUT WITH GUN FIGHTING FOR FREEDOM IN IRAQ




PLEASE NOTE: 



"ONE BAD MOMMA" SHOULD NOT TO BE CONFUSED WITH THE "ONE BAD MOTHER"** 



Say, where's the Father in all of this? 

Oh right, he's being nagged by that shrewish Mother-in-Law. 





HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY!


 ** Definitely should not be confused with ONE BAD MOTHER podcast on Maximum Fun Radio. That's a great podcast, by the way. 




6/18/14

I was a guest on STAR WARS MINUTE


I was a guest on the STAR WARS MINUTE podcast -- a show where they analyze, scrutinize and celebrate the STAR WARS saga, one minute at a time. We spent 38 minutes discussing minute 111 of THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK. (That's the minute where Darth Vader tells Luke he is his father.) 

You can listen to the full episode HERE

Fun-fact: The episode was taped live at the Parkside Lounge. And I was at the Parkside Lounge the night I saw the midnight screening of Episode I. The podcast taping was a much better than being at the Ziegfeld Theater while a packed house experienced collective denial. 


Related Posts: 

Personal essay on STAR WARS, SUICIDE and 12-STEP


Images related to the podcast: 








6/4/14

Bobcat Goldthwait and the missing late-night video



Two years ago I wrote about a lost late-night clip that should be on youtube, but isn't. 

Last night I saw Bobcat Goldthwait at the Museum of the Moving Image (doing a Q&A after his excellent, low-fi Bigfoot movie WILLOW CREEK) and asked him to tell the story, since there's no evidence of it on the entire internet (short of my own blog post.) 

Here's Bob describing his gag on The Arsenio Hall Show:



I wanted to share this oral history because there's a trend in low-paid journalism -- if you can't find a clip online, it's as if it never happened. Let this oral history become part of the collective memory. 

Lastly: Bobcat is a terrific interviewee, if you have the chance to see him live, do it. 





5/13/14

Babs & Godzilla


Friday is Barbara Walters' final day on The View AND the opening day of GODZILLA

I hope this happens. 

5/12/14

Ralph Bakshi and The Great Train Robbery


I attended a screening COONSKIN (aka STREET FIGHT) at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, which is part of their Series on Ralph Bakshi


I noticed that when one character points his pistol to the camera it played like the end of THE GREAT TRAIN ROBBERY

After the screening Bakshi was signing merchandise and the person in front of me was buying an animation cell of that very scene. So I asked Bakshi if this was, in fact, a reference. 

He said "No."


The one-word answer felt pretty loaded, as if to say "No, you over-educated pencil-neck geek. Don't believe everything they tell you in college." (It was like he was Jimmy James and I was Lisa Miller.) 

My friend Eric said that THE GREAT TRAIN ROBBERY has so permeated film culture that it may have been an unconscious homage. 

I agree. 

But saying that to Bakshi would just be me digging my ditch even deeper. 

Not that fancy-pants college boys know about digging ditches.